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Accordion Revolution is about more than an instrument: it’s a living, breathing restoration of the squeezebox to its rightful place at the roots of North America’s popular music.

Before the dawn of rock ’n’ roll, the accordion ranked among North America’s most popular instruments. Arriving in the arms of immigrants, nearly every ethnicity on the continent played the squeeze
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 28th 2019 by Bruce Triggs
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Katheryn Petersen
This is a well written, funny and deeply resourced book. It is a fantastic read for anyone interested in accordions but it is also a great read for anyone. I have made it a practice to google and listen to the artists chronicled while reading each section. It has been an epic journey of discovery of amazing artistry and history. The day that I came upon the section on Antonio Tanguma and just about fell on the floor with delight as I watched a youtube featuring him fling his accordion in a circl ...more
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“Accordion Revolution” tells the story of the free reed family of instruments in North America. This amazing and unappreciated tale should interest music fans everywhere, especially if you want to know who played what, and what bands sounded like in the days before sound amplification. Who knew that John Lennon played the accordion before he picked up the guitar?
The accordion lives on in ethnic music. Its sound is adored by the cognoscenti. “Accordion Revolution” is an invaluable reference. The
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Bruce Triggs spent ten years living with the homeless at the radical Catholic Worker community in Tacoma, Washington. While there he broke his first squeeze-box at the 1999 WTO demonstrations in Seattle.

For over a decade he has hosted the Accordion Noir radio program in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was in on the ground floor at the annual Accordion Noir Festival.

After meeting many fabulous a
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